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Amos Sidney Anderson


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Amos Sidney Anderson

Amos Sidney Anderson, age 101, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, January 28, 2015, at the Gundersen Harmony Care Center.

Amos was born on the family farm in Peterson, Minn., on February 16, 1913, the son of Hoval and Josephine (Larson) Anderson. He was raised and attended school in Peterson. For a time, he and his brother Clarence owned a dance hall called the Riverside, between Peterson and Rushford. They had a band where Amos was the accordion player and Clarence played the guitar. Amos married Helen Tolrud in Lanesboro, on April 22, 1936.

After his schooling, Amos worked many jobs, among them, a laborer for the Civilian Conservation Corps. While there, he was one of the workers who cut down trees by hand with huge saws, probably explaining his incredible handshake. He also did lawn mowing and garden work, grave digging and snow- plowing with his Farmall Cub tractor.

Before World War II, he started his 35 year career with the United States Postal Service, first as a mail clerk and later as a rural route mail carrier. During the holidays he came home with more gifts and food than the mail he delivered. He knew where everyone lived and knew the names of everyone on hisroute, including the children and farm dogs. There was always time to go fishing and go for rides in the country. He served in World War II and like many of his comrades, didn’t speak much about it, other than some stories he knew wouldn’t bother anyone. He still has a full metal jacket slug that ricocheted during a basic training drill. It ricocheted into his chest with only enough velocity to cause a major bruise.

He saw Germany, Italy, and France and was among the troops who first liberated the concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. He could still recall with remarkable accuracy, when and where he entered the service and the subsequent bus, train and ship travels he made.

After his mail carrier career, Amos worked at the Preston Apple Orchard and enjoyed taking care of his yard and flowers. One thing he always enjoyed was his family, especially his grandchildren as well as his many, many friends from all walks life. He also made sure a card was sent for whatever occasion warranted one. Amos was active in the Preston Lion’s Club, Garden Club and served two terms as Commander of the Preston VFW, of which his first term was as the first Commander of the Magdlin-Gilbertson P .....
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Fillmore Central sets goals for 2015

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with the goals for 2014-15 as recommended by the World’s Best Workforce committee. The state identified five areas to work on; kindergarten readiness, 3rd grade literacy, c ..... 
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Marjorie Hahn Flaby

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Marjorie Hahn Flaby, 84, of Preston, died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Harmony Care Center. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with Rev. Dave Jore officiating. Burial took place in C ..... 
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Another option for Internet service comes to Preston

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Most residential and commercial customers in Preston have been used to having two options for Internet service: Medicom and Centurylink. Well, now there’s another option. Historically, the Harmony Telephone Company has had great success with ..... 
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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn. While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed. Her ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Dorian Honor Band students selected from Fillmore Central

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Education

The following ten Fillmore Central Band Students on being selected to participate in the 2015 Luther College Dorian Honor Band on Sunday, February 22 and Monday, February 23, in Decorah, Iowa: Participating in the Massed Bands: Cami Jones, flute ..... 
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Rose Kathryn Haagenson

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Rose Kathryn Haagenson, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015 in West Chicago, Ill. She was born July 22, 1925 in Preston, Minn., the daughter of John and Lena (nee Krock) Shields. Rose was united in marriage to Stanley H ..... 
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Many make tracks to Candlelight Ski and Chili Cook-Off

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston All

A mild but breezy evening was on tap for Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off 2015 on January 17 in Preston, Minn. with many area residents and guests attending. The free event is sponsored by the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tra ..... 
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